About the Digitability Program

What is Digitability?

Digitability is an award winning pre-employment transition program used in the classroom to prepare students with work-ready skills for the tech-driven workforce

Digitability's mission is to enable students with cognitive disabilities to transition to their independence by preparing them with work-ready skills required to gain meaningful employment in our tech-driven workforce.

Be Work-ready to Become Independent

For people with cognitive disabilities to achieve their independence, digital literacy, social skills and a contextual understanding of technology's use in the workplace is essential. Without these work-ready skills our generation faces a critical barrier to becoming independent self-advocates. Digitability is the bridge from your student's education to fulfilling work post-transition. You can learn more about Digitability by seeing a free demo.

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The Digitability Story

Digitability was born out of advocacy and designed for teens and young adults with a cognitive disability. The Digitability digital curriculum was created by Michele McKeone, M. Ed., a teacher from a Philadelphia public high school. Michele believed her students needed more options for life after high school and thus her digital skill building program took flight. While her students’ abilities varied greatly, verbal and non-verbal alike, everyone started with the basics and all created their own portfolio.

Using the curriculum and methodology of Digitability, she led her classroom to win third place in a regional technology competition. By teaching her students marketable, digital life skills she was able to increase her students transition outcomes and post-secondary opportunities including college and vocational participation.

Just as Michele saw a need for more services for her own students, we hear parents loud and clear when they ask for more to support their child’s transition to independence. With an increase in early intervention resources, we are seeing an increase in educational outcomes; however, there are still very few resources to support adolescents and many are left without a plan for their future transition. In fact, more than 50% of students with an ASD, leaving high school in the past 2 years had no participation in employment or post-secondary education. Today, 80% of people with any kind of cognitive disability are unemployed.

"Not only am I convinced of Digitability’s groundbreaking applications of technology, but I am equally assured by Ms. McKeone’s firm grounding in the same educational principles that drive our curriculum at Bancroft, including those of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her product is a forward-thinking extension of her experiences in the classroom, teaching students with autism. And just as she is now leveraging the benefits of a scalable technology, Ms. McKeone is, at the same time, building a progressive curriculum for these same students. The data she has thus collected strongly indicates this unique pairing of teaching and technology will be both productive and powerful. It will not be long before that impact is on display in the classrooms at Bancroft."
Dennis Morgan
Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft

Digitability's Scientific Advisory Board

Digitability’s curriculum is backed by science and proven in the classroom. We have a team of experts behind Digitability's curriculum and project-based learning modules.

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David Mandell, Sc. D.
Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine


David is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine. For the past 15 years, he has conducted research on strategies to improve quality of care for individuals with autism in community settings.

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Catherine Chase, M.A.
LDTC, Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant/ Reading Specialist


Catherine is a Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant providing interventions in attention, learning and behavior with over 30 years of experience. Chase was the first educator to receive a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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Josh Bornstein

Director of Special Projects, Union County Educational Services Commission

"The Digitability curriculum is uniquely suited for our programs serving transition-age students. It addresses prerequisite skills related to employability and independent living -- and all in the context of preparing our students to be responsible and informed digital citizens."
 
"I was extremely impressed by the quality of the professional development that was provided as part of the implementation of Digitability. Often training involving new online instructional platforms is too focused on the technical aspects of the software. Michele McKeone's approach to our PD session was instead focused on the successful delivery of the curriculum including modeling important practices such as differentiated instruction, prompting, and positive reinforcement. While my teacher learned how to facilitate Digitability, she was also exposed to a sound refresher covering key research-based approaches to teaching student with Autism and other special needs."

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Alton Strange

Transition Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia

"Digitability combines skill enhancement and real world applications that assist students with learning how to understand, interact, and develop the tools to find their voice in this world."

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Patrick Timony

Adaptive Technology Librarian, DC Public Library

"Digitability is impressive and very useful for students with and without disabilities learning to use technology in the classroom."

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Dennis Morgan

Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft

I also have a vested interest in ensuring that our students are fully equipped to live their lives fully and safely in this digital age. ... Digitability helps facilitate that inclusiveness for people of varied abilities, including those on the autism spectrum, in a way no other technology-based business does.

Jane Cordero, M. Ed.

Autistic Support Teacher, High School Transition Coordinator

Digitability reminds me to use the correct terminology when teaching skill development.

Want to see a free demo of Digitability?

Digitability is the only web-based curriculum, backed by science, that teaches digital literacy, social skills and job-readiness to people with a cognitive disability so they can become independent self-advocates.

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A Real Example of Differentiated Instruction Used to Teach Work-ready Skills in the Classroom

July 12, 2017

Watch a Live Example of Differentiated Instruction Used to Teach Work-ready & Social Skills in an Autistic Support Class If you step inside of any special education classroom in the United States you will quickly observe that it’s filled with people who possess varied and unique learning abilities. This is especially true in an autistic…

My High-Functioning Aspie Point of View of Being Normal in a World of Normies

June 19, 2017

Editor’s note: the following post is written by Jordan Schmidt. Jordan is one of Digitability’s interns where he is responsible for developing and creating motion graphic videos and other video assets for Digitability. We are grateful to have Jordan on our team! As a child, I had this insatiable desire for normalcy. I saw how…

The Essential Role Executive Function Plays in Teaching Students Work-ready Skills

June 14, 2017

What in the world is Executive Function (EF) — and why do students with cognitive disabilities need to develop EF?  You may be intrigued to discover that we use our brain to perform EF every day in school, at home and in the workplace. First, let’s define the term and then review the important role…

Parents of Students with Autism Have a Friend on Philly’s City Council

June 2, 2017

Do you remember that old slogan on PAs license plates — ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania’? Well, for the sake of this story we’ll use that slogan as inspiration to make a new one for every parent of a child with autism in the city of Philadelphia. ‘You’ve Got a Friend in City Hall’.…

Digitability featured on CNET

November 11, 2016

On October 30th, Digitability was featured in a piece on CNET written by the talented Marguerite Reardon (@maggie_reardon). Read an excerpt below! You can learn more about the Digitability program by requesting a free demo of our award-winning curriculum. This is part of CNET’s “Tech Enabled” series about the role technology plays in helping the…

Digitability Founder Gives TedX Talk at the Hewitt School in NYC

February 8, 2016

Watch Michele McKeone, founder of Digitability, talks empathy, gender stereotypes, and women in business. Learn More about the Digitability Program Digitability teaches marketable, digital life skills to promote independence for students in a technology driven society and economy. You can learn more and see our award-winning platform by requesting a free demo of Digitability. Share…

Nation Swell: This start-up’s work could reduce the unemployment rate amongst those with disabilities

March 12, 2014

“This start-up’s work could reduce the unemployment rate amongst those with disabilities.” Read more at Nation Swell Most of us could attach a file to an email in our sleep. But for a person with special needs, that seemingly simple action can be a Herculean task. That’s why special education teacher Michele McKeone created Digitability, a…

Philadelphia Inquirer says, Start-up opens digital door for students with autism

February 21, 2014

By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: February 17, 2014 “One of the hottest start-ups in the city sprang up in an unlikely place – a fourth-floor classroom at South Philadelphia High.” Read fully story in the Philadelphia Inquirer See How Digitability Gives People with a Cognitive Disabilities their Independence Digitability is the only…

Hear what a Director at the Center for Autism Research says about Digitability

December 6, 2013

In this video interview, Dr. David Mandell, Research Associate Director at the Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia talks about the Digitability program. Check out the video to hear what Dr. Mandell has to say about the importance of teaching digital life skills to people with a cognitive disability. Share this page!

Digitability Named One of the Coolest Startups in Philadelphia

November 5, 2013

Digitability was named Startup of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted annually by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, honors geeks in the greater Philadelphia region. The types of geeks recognized range from local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to the arts & culture…

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